We all know that good habits make us feel good about things, while bad habits make us view them negatively. The same applies to food. Our eating habits or patterns influence our relationship with food. Good eating habits or patterns make it easier to view food positively. When you have a positive connection to food, you tend to be conscious of how often, when, and how you consume food. On the other hand, bad habits contribute to a negative connection to food.
We can overcome negative eating patterns if we’re more aware of such habits. Therefore, let’s explore five eating patterns we should avoid if we intend to maintain a healthy relationship with food.
Gobbling Food Mindlessly
Mindless eating results in the consumption of too much food. Think about it. You’re bored. You decide to watch a movie. So you reach out for a big bag of chips and gobble it down as you watch the movie. You draw piece by piece from the bag as the movie gets interesting. You’re done watching the movie, and the bag is empty. You’ve wiped out the whole bag unknowingly.
Mindful eating is not all about calories and eating healthy food. It entails paying attention to your food. A perfect way to practice mindful eating is consuming food when you’re hungry. Grab a plate of food, sit down, eliminate any distractions and take your food bite by bite. While at it, think of textures, flavors, and where the food came from. A mindful eater controls how, where, and when they consume food.
Wagging off Breakfast
At times we get so busy that we forget our breakfast. Over time it becomes a habit. A bad eating habit. When you skip breakfast, you slow down your metabolism. It may eventually lead to weight gain. Also, remember that your sugar levels are low in the morning. So, skipping breakfast may cause headaches as the body tries to source and balance sugar levels in your body. Simply grab something simple and easy to fix in the morning if you’re in a hurry to avoid headaches and weight gain. You may need to include dietary supplements such as weight loss gummies into your breakfast routine. It’s healthy and an appropriate means to fuel your body with minerals and vitamins.
Secretly Munching on Snacks
Secret snacking is unhealthy. But what is secret snacking?
Do you hide chocolate bars, cakes, or chips and eat them in secret? Or perhaps you sugarcoat secret snacking behavior with the notion that you’re rewarding yourself. How do you feel afterward? Do you feel ashamed or guilty? When you label something as bad or shameful, you’ll do it while hiding. Therefore, secretly munching food may negatively influence your connection to food. When the urge to eat a snack in secret kicks, don’t give in to it. Explore your triggers, work on them, and how to redirect them.
We’re always in a hurry. The hurriedness has spilled into how and when we consume our foods. It’s not surprising to see people hurriedly chew food as they rush to the office.
If you are always devouring food within seconds, there is a high chance you’re feeling stuffed and gassy all the time. The discomfort may wade off after a few hours. But you’ll notice more inches on your waistline. Or worse, develop Metabolic syndromes. So, learn how to guard your meal times and take deep breaths as you eat.
Eating While Doing Other Tasks
It’s unhealthy to eat as you do other tasks. Multitasking is not bad, but it can harm your relationship with food. It also prevents proper chewing and digestion of food. You may end up over-consuming food, eating hurriedly, or eating mindlessly. Try to schedule meal times, carve out a space and eliminate distractions from that space.
Unhealthy eating is primarily caused by fueling negative eating patterns. Fortunately, you can turn those patterns into good eating habits. The first step to this is identifying unhealthy eating practices. We’ve done it. Therefore, try to avoid the eating patterns we’ve mentioned above. In addition to that, learn how to be mindful of how you consume food. Also, take time to eat food and redirect triggers to other productive activities instead of food.